Where Do TASIS Students Go To College?
Any student graduating from TASIS has earned, at a minimum, a standard US-accredited High School Diploma and can expect to gain admission to quality universities, particularly in the United States. Students who are driven to find a home at one of the world’s most selective universities can do so by pursuing an International Baccalaureate Diploma (as 57 of 123 students in the Class of 2016 did) or by taking a number of Advanced Placement courses and scoring highly on the corresponding exams. Students may further bolster their candidacy by performing well on standardized tests, writing excellent personal statements, securing strong reference letters, and exhibiting an impressive commitment to some combination of the arts, athletics, local and global service, and leadership positions on or off campus.
In short, there are many paths to success at TASIS. Below we examine the roads traveled by a number of recent graduates.
Former TASIS standout Pavel Artemov ’15 (Russia) is now studying Biological Natural Sciences at Corpus Christi College, one of the oldest and most prestigious colleges in the University of Cambridge.
Fluent in Russian, English, and Spanish, Pavel earned an International Baccalaureate Bilingual Diploma at TASIS, notching a perfect 7 on the Biology HL, Chemistry HL, and English HL exams en route to securing 41 of 45 possible points. (Just six percent of IB Diploma candidates worldwide top the 40 mark each year.)
While at TASIS, Pavel earned the Salutatorian Scholarship Award, the European Council of International Schools Award for International Understanding, and numerous awards for excellence in science, math, English, and service learning. He served as a Dorm Proctor and was a member of the Nuovo Fiore Ethiopia Global Service Learning Group.
Pavel’s challenging high school schedule set him up for success at the next level—“Handling all the extracurriculars with all the rigors of IB subjects definitely taught me how to manage my time and prepared me for the independent style of learning at Cambridge,” he said—and he credits teachers Amy Bloodworth, Dr. Gillian Price, and Alec Ogilvie for pushing him toward science while also noting that Bloodworth and IB Coordinator/UK College Counselor Howard Stickley provided “massive help” in applying to university. “In particular, I received great help from Mr. Stickley in writing the personal statement and would not have gotten into Cambridge without him,” he said.
|“Handling all the extracurriculars with all the rigors of IB subjects definitely taught me how to manage my time and prepared me for the independent style of learning at Cambridge.”|
Pavel, who was also admitted to Imperial College London, University of Edinburgh, University of Bath, and University of Surrey, made the most of his first year at Cambridge. He was elected an International Students Representative and led a team that won 3rd Prize in a university-wide physiology poster competition by creating a very impressive hypothetical model of a plant with eliminated photorespiration.
Asked to recall what he found most inspiring about his time at TASIS, Pavel responded: “Everything. Absolutely everything. Service Learning trip to Ethiopia, Senior Humanities Program visits, everyday classes...the list goes on. I’ll miss the whole dynamic and atmosphere of the TASIS campus comprised of the school buildings, teachers, students, weather, and the view.”